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Knockoff Seizure Largest in City History

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This week's seizure of thousands of knockoff handbags and sneakers and is being called the largest in New York City history. Police now say they brought in 75,000 pairs of shoes, an equal number of handbags, and more than 10,000 other items of clothing during the raid Thursday at a ...

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Hungry New Yorkers Say Goodbye to the Cheyenne Diner

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Cheyenne Diner has been on Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street for 68 years. But today's the last day to have a lumberjack breakfast in the 20-by-100-foot railroad car eatery, before a nine-story apartment complex replaces it.

The place has been packed with customers who are saying goodbye, like Michael Cantor:

CANTOR: ...

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Harlem Debates 125th Street Rezoning Plan

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of a rezoning plan for 125th Street faced off at a city planning commission meeting this week. The first comprehensive plan for Harlem’s main street in more than 40 years seeks to create a regional business corridor with new condos and hotels, but also new space for ...

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City Murder Rate on the Rise

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The city's murder rate is on the rise, after years of decline. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

There were 22 more murders citywide in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. An NYPD spokesman says this 25 percent increase is still low when one considers ...

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Paterson Calls Budget Negotiations Too Secretive

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants the legislature to work all weekend if necessary to finalize an overdue state budget. But lawmakers adjourned Friday without scheduling a time to return before Monday. Both Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver say members are available if they need to be ...

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Catholic School Teachers Say They'll Continue Strike

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The head of the Federation of Catholic Teachers says union members will continue to strike unless the Archdiocese drops its plan to raise health premiums. But the archdiocese says it won't back down.

Spokesman Joseph Zwilling says lay teachers will get at least a 17 percent salary increase over three years, ...

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Saturday, April 05, 2008

It's not every day that a stage play gets its creators detained….. But 30 years ago in South Africa, two black actors staged a piece of theater that challenged the rules of apartheid and asked tough questions about fundamental aspects of human identity. And now, that Tony-Award winning play Sizwei ...

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Cheyenne Diner Set to Close

Friday, April 04, 2008

This 68-year-old chrome and neon fixture will serve its last tuna melt this weekend. The Cheyenne Diner has been more packed than usual recently - since regulars got the news the old railroad car style-eatery filled with memorabilia and comfort food would close.

Of course it's a familiar story in the ...

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Quinn Under Fire for Financial Practices

Friday, April 04, 2008

An ongoing criminal investigation suddenly cast a bright light on the finances of the City Council, as well as deceptive budgeting practices that may go back decades.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn said her staff discovered the historical irregularities last year.

They found that the council funded dozens of sham nonprofits that, ...

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Nonprofits Feel Congestion Pricing Pinch

Friday, April 04, 2008

Opponents of congestion pricing have rallied around nonprofit organizations with trucks that need to drive into midtown Manhattan on weekdays.

While cars face an $8 a day fee, most trucks would have to pay $21 to enter certain parts of the city.

Karen Pearl, president of God's Love We Deliver, says ...

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City Council Holds Hearing on Tainted Water

Friday, April 04, 2008

The city's Department of Environmental Protection says trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in New York's water supply do not pose significant health risks.

At a City Council hearing, Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush said, among other drugs, New York tap water contains very minute amounts of caffeine and ibuprofen.

RUSH: A person would have ...

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Tara Betts

Friday, April 04, 2008

Tara Betts is a feminist poet who uses her art for activism. Originally from Kankakee, Illinois, she's an award-winning slam poet and Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam champ. She founded the Young Chicago Author’s GirlSpeak and was a writer-in-residence at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center for two ...

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@Murakami Brings the "Warhol of Japan" to Brooklyn

Friday, April 04, 2008

He’s been called the "Andy Warhol of Japan": Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist who blurs the lines between fine art and pop culture. He draws on Japanese comics and animation to make everything from 30-foot sculptures to murals to commercial goods. He’s even created the cover art for ...

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Boys will be Beyonce

Friday, April 04, 2008

The pop star Beyonce announced her engagement to the hip hop mogul Jay-Z earlier this week. And tonight, the performance artist Neal Medlyn is offering his own tribute to the singer as he re-enacts the BEYONCE EXPERIENCE LIVE! DVD. Critic Claudia La Rocco stopped by a recent rehearsal.

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Hillary Clinton Still Has Supporters in Pennsylvania

Friday, April 04, 2008

More bad news for Hillary Clinton this week. Polls are tightening in Pennsylvania, where she hopes to win handily on April 22. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is hinting he might switch his support to Sen. Barack Obama if the Illinois Senator wins the popular vote in the primaries. And ...

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Catholic Teachers Strike Today

Friday, April 04, 2008

Teachers at 10 Catholic schools around the city plan to call in sick today. They say the Archdiocese of New York isn't playing fair in contract negotiations.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling says officials will see this morning whether enough teachers are working to keep the schools open. The schools are in ...

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Immigrants File Suit Against Immigration Agents

Friday, April 04, 2008

Ten immigrants from New Jersey - including two American citizens - are suing immigration agents and the federal authorities in charge.

They say the agents violated their constitutional rights in early morning raids at their homes. They're being helped by Seton Hall Law School.

WNYC's Marianne McCune has more.

An immigration spokesman ...

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Another Democrat Joins Senate Race

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Jersey Democrats may be headed into an intense battle for the nomination for the junior Senate seat - it's a fight that could rival the contest for the party's presidential nomination.

First, the 84-year-old incumbent senator, Frank Lautenberg was to face Morristown mayor and immigration crackdown proponent Donald Cresitiello.

Now, ...

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Budget Talks Stall Over Congestion Pricing

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Budget talks stalled as Albany grappled with the issue of congestion pricing. Assembly Democrats were in closed-door talks that could last through the weekend, with any action scheduled for Monday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his democratic members that live in the region serviced by ...

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Pope to Visit Manhattan Synagogue

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pope Benedict during his upcoming tour of the United States will go to a synagogue in Manhattan – only the third time a pope has visited a Jewish house of worship. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

Benedict visited a synagogue in Cologne, Germany, shortly after becoming pope in 2005, and his predecessor, ...

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